12 Oct 2018

Mum’s diet could hold key to colic

Mother's diet could influence infant colic
A low FODMAP diet for breastfeeding mums might hold the key to reducing colic in her infant, a new study has found.

The study published today in the journal, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, suggests that a nutritious low FODMAP diet (that removes ‘windy’ foods) for nursing mothers could significantly reduce fussiness and crying in the first nine weeks of her newborn’s life.

The study involved 20 breastfeeding mothers with babies under nine weeks old with and without colic.

Video of the week: Mr James Lee talks about thyroid cancer


The 2018 John Masterton Public Lecture was held 26 July with Mr James Lee giving a lecture on "Thyroid cancer: towards a better paradigm".

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What's on at CCS 15-19 Oct 2018

Prof Wendy Brown is giving a public lecture
on obesity treatment by surgery, Thurs 18 Oct.
Find out more and RSVP
Central Clinical School (CCS) has regular seminar series and postgraduate presentations. Event notices are posted on the CCS Events calendar.

CCS staff and students can see details of both public and local events (including professional development courses, trade fairs and Graduate Research Student calendars) and deadlines, at the CCS intranet's Announcements page.

See CCS seminar index:  www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/headlines/events-calendar

What's on at CCS 15-19 Oct 2018

Recent CCS publications: 25 September - 7 October 2018

Head of Surgery, Prof Wendy Brown
co-authored a paper on long-term outcomes
of lap-banding surgery. She is also giving a
CCS Public Lecture, Thurs 18 Oct. 
Recent publications for Central Clinical School affiliated authors in the following departments. Note, browse down this entry for complete publications list. Linked headings for each section are to the departments' home pages.
  • Allergy, Immunology and Respiratory Medicine
  • Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine
  • Australian Centre for Blood Diseases (ACBD)
  • Diabetes 
  • Immunology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • MAPrc
  • Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • NTRI
  • Surgery

Diabetes risk of babies increased by famine experience of mothers

The Chinese Famine (1959-1961) left health effects on
people who were in utero at the time. Image: China Mike
A paper by Monash University published today in Nature Reviews Endocrinology suggests that pre-birth exposure to poor nutrition during times of famine and other disasters may put babies at risk of diabetes, contributing to today’s global type 2 diabetes epidemic.

The review, led by Department of Diabetes Professor Paul Zimmet AO, examined data about in utero exposure to poor nutrition during the Chinese Famine (1959–1961), concluding it probably contributed to China's current diabetes epidemic.The paper warns that relief agencies should urgently review the way emergency food aid is given in populations during major catastrophes, including war and earthquakes.

Landmark study highlights long-term success of weight loss surgery

Gastric banding. Image: Paul O'Brien
video describing lap banding procedure.

Hear Wendy Brown's 3AW interview

A 20-year study by Monash University researchers has demonstrated that lap-band surgery provides substantial weight loss to obese people for at least 20 years.

Obesity is estimated to affect more than a quarter of Australian adults and has now overtaken smoking as the leading cause of preventable deaths.

The study by Monash’s Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) and the Centre for Bariatric Surgery (CBS), demonstrated that patients who had lap-band surgery 20 years ago now weigh an average of 30.1kg less than their initial weight. Lap-band (laparoscopic adjustable gastric band) surgery places an adjustable band around the top of the stomach to reduce appetite.

Congratulations to new AAHMS Fellows Profs Kit Fairley and Karin Jandeleit-Dahm

Newly elected Fellows of AAHMS, Professor Christopher Fairley
and Professor Karin Jandeleit-Dahm
Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS) elects 37 of Australia’s leading health and medical researchers as Fellows.

Congratulations to two Central Clinical School research leaders, Professor Christopher Fairley and Professor Karin Jandeleit-Dahm who have been made AAHMS Fellows in this round of elections!
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